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TOURISM AND MEDIA

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Hotel Irvine Has New GM

Resort industry veteran Jeroen Quint is the new general manager of Hotel Irvine, having joined the hotel last month.

Mobilitie's Move

$325M in Funding, Hiring Spree Point to National Network of Small Cell Base Stations

A just-completed $325 million fundraising deal for Mobilitie LLC comes as the Newport Beach-based wireless infrastructure company is gearing up for what it is calling the “largest network deployment initiative in the U.S.”

Disney Races Forward With Events Business in Anaheim

HOSPITALITY: Weekend runs draw thousands to parks, hotels

A four-day weekend of running events that ended Nov. 15 at Disneyland Resort capped a year of growth for an increasingly important approach it takes to marketing its two parks and 2,400 hotel rooms in Anaheim.

Webinar Software Provider Adds App-Connecting Tech

AnyMeeting Customers Can Sync With Other Tools

Web conferencing and webinar software company AnyMeeting Inc. in Huntington Beach is using Sunnyvale-based Zapier Inc.’s technology to help customers connect its products to popular business apps, including Salesforce, HubSpot, Constant Contact, Eventbrite, LinkedIn, and more than 400 others.

Blizzard Game Favorite Headed for the Big Screen

‘Warcraft’ Movie to Debut In Theaters Next June

The long-awaited release of the movie version of flagship Blizzard Entertainment Inc.’s franchise game “Warcraft” will hit movie theaters in June.

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More Interest in Register Parent

The publisher of the Orange County Register has received a third loan offer to help it maintain operations while it goes through a bankruptcy auction.

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Tradeshow Firm Buys Vegas Event

Emerald Expositions LLC in San Juan Capistrano acquired National Industrial Fastener & Mill Supply Expo from the show’s co-owners, Jim Bannister and Mike McGuire, for an undisclosed amount.

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Freedom Exec Exits for FivePoint

Freedom Communications Inc. in Santa Ana said Steve Churm stepped down from his position as chief revenue officer to join Aliso Viejo-based FivePoint Communities Management Inc. as its new chief communications officer.

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$20M Car Auction to Draw 20,000

A car auction at the Anaheim Convention Center that starts tomorrow expects to draw 20,000 attendees and several hundred sellers of classic and antique cars, generating sales of about $20 million by the time the last gavel drops.

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Olson Out at Wunderman

Dan Olson has left his post as managing director of Wunderman Los Angeles in Irvine.

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Hotels Drive Disney, Cedar Fair Results

The two companies that own and operate Disneyland Resort in Anaheim and Knott's Berry Farm in Buena Park reported higher revenue and income in their most recent quarters, driven partly by a strong hotel market.

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JWA, Alaska Add NorCal, Nevada Flights

Alaska Airlines said it would fly from John Wayne Airport to Santa Rosa, Calif., and Reno/Tahoe, Nevada starting in March

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Blizzard Loses 100K Subscribers

Irvine-based Blizzard Entertainment Inc. posted another subscription loss in its flagship World of Warcraft franchise, but the third-quarter drop was overshadowed by Santa Monica parent Activision Blizzard Inc.’s $5.9 billion takeover of King Digital Entertainment PLC.

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PennySaver Expected Back Online

PennySaver will resurface as an online-only entity in the near future, according to the officials from MonetizeMore, a Victoria, Canada-based company that purchased the PennySaverUSA domains and other intellectual property in a bankruptcy auction held on Sept. 23.

Garden Grove Hyatt Draws Chinese Buyer

REAL ESTATE: Shanghai firm paid $137M for 653-room hotel

An affiliate of one of China’s largest construction companies has purchased the Hyatt Regency Orange County in Garden Grove for $137 million.